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Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati died on Manus Island.

Two men wanted over Manus Island death

Two men are wanted for questioning over the death of Manus Island detainee Reza Barati, Fairfaz Media has revealed today. The men, believed to be expatriate Australians who have since returned to Australia, are both employees of security contractors G4S who were working at the Papua New Guinea detention centre.

They have been identified as suspects on the basis of statements from three asylum seekers, detailing their accounts of Reza Barati’s death. Barati died during a period of heavy riots at the Manus Island facility.

PM Abbott calls for Peter Greste’s release

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has directly appealed to Egyptian President Adly Mansour, calling for the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste. Mr Abbott contacted Mansour by phone on Thursday night, stating that Greste was only doing his job as a journalist. Mansour confirmed that Greste would be subject to a fair and just legal process and stated that he hoped the matter would be resolved as soon as possible.

Australian al-Jazeera journalist Greste has been detained in Egypt for three months for allegedly reporting false news and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Five aircraft spot new debris in search for Flight MH370

Five aircraft have spotted new debris in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The debris is located in the investigation’s new search zone, located approximately 1000km north-east of the previous search zone. A Chinese ship in the new search area is currently travelling towards the debris.

Outrage over US State Department ‘selfies for Ukraine’

A US State Department spokesperson has come under fire after tweeting a selfie in support of the Kiev government. Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. who is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, posted this picture to her Twitter account:


Politcal bloggers were quick to comment that perhaps something more than selfies was needed from the US’s chief diplomatic arm. However, Psaki defended the picture, saying: “The people of Ukraine are fighting to have their voices heard and the benefit of communicating over social media is it sends a direct message to the people that we are with them, we support their fight, their voice and their future.”

US mudslide death toll expected to rise

The death toll of the Oso, Washington mudslide is expected to rise substantially as police search for the remaining 90 missing persons. At least 25 people are known to have died in the incident which destroyed dozens of homes in Oso, 90km north-east of Seattle.

Laws permitting same-sex marriage in England and Wales come into force

Laws permitting same-sex marriage in England and Wales have come into force overnight. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act came into force in July last year, however it was not until March 29 that the first ceremonies could be performed. Three couples became the first gay couples to be married in Britain, each holding their ceremony at midnight on Saturday morning. They were: John Coffrey and Bernardo Marti, Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, and Peter McGraith and David Cabreza.

Turkish court overturns Twitter ban

A court has overturned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Twitter ban. The decision followed an international petition project organised by Twitter and Turkish journalists and legal experts, which was submitted for the court’s consideration. Twitter immediately reversed their ‘Country Withheld Content action previously undertaken to block Turkish access, the social media site said in a statement. The Prime Minister originally banned the social network as a method of preventing government leaks before the country’s local elections.

Apple releases first details of iPhone 6

Apple has released the first details of their much-awaited iPhone 6. The new handset will come in two sizes, one with a 4.7 inch screen and the other with a 5.5 inch screen. Both handsets will be bigger than the iPhone 5, which has a 5 inch screen. The new models will also have a higher-resolution liquid crystal display. The iPhone 6 is scheduled to be released in September this year.